Arsenal’s pursuit of Real Madrid forward Gonzalo Higuain has taken a new twist.
Reports throughout June revealed that personal terms had been agreed as well as a £22 million fee however Madrid president Florentino Perez has claimed there has been no offer by Arsenal for the Argentine.
Higuain announced his decision to leave Madrid on the last day of the season and his decision was met with respect. Juventus and Arsenal battled each other for his services with the Gunners eventually fending off the Italian club only for the deal to stall.
Money was believed to have been the problem but Perez’s interview with Univision suggests otherwise.
“We don’t want Higuain to leave.”
“What’s more no-one from Arsenal has come to us and made us any offers at all for him. There are no offers on the table.”
Carlo Ancelotti’s arrival at Real Madrid was expected to confirm Higuain’s move to North London but now it seems he wants to persuade the attacker to stay, along with Perez, and has planned a meeting on Monday 15th July to do so.
Higuain felt he had not been given the respect and treatment he has deserved since his move to Madrid and felt it was time to go somewhere where he would get that. His record at Madrid is faultless but Karim Benzema has been preferred to him for the last few seasons and he has had enough.
The players agent, father and brother have all spoke out about his proposed move to Arsenal and the striker is keen to join up with Wenger so Perez’s statement regarding no offer seems strange.
Madrid have also been in the market for another striker with Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani on their transfer list.
Arsenal are desperate to land one of their main transfer targets after being handed a mega £70 million transfer kitty and are still hopeful a deal can be completed but Madrid’s new intent to hold on to the South American could prove fatal for the Gunners.
Could it be that Perez is been political with the truth? Maybe in typical Madrid fashion, they want to get in a replacement before letting Higuain join Arsenal?